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Frank Bresee and Kay Linaker get
acquainted with the resident dog at
the L&A Museum in Pine Ridge.
Each June is a time of madness,
at least for the "ossifers" of the
NLAS.  It is a wonderful type of
madness, borne of the
necessity to make all of the final
preparations for our annual
convention.  June 1998 was
certainly no exception, as the
"three stooges of OTR" shifted
into high geae to put together
three separate programs "in
that at th' county seat" of Mena,
Arkansas.
Our outstanding guest stars,
actress/writer Kay Linaker (a.k.a.
Kate Phillips) and actor-radio
historian Frank Bresee, arrived
in Pine Ridge on Thursday, June 25, chauffeured by
"Singin' Sam" Brown, Tim Hollis and Kathleen Hollis
(Tim's "That's my Mom").  Following the grand tour
and an evening meal with "Uncle Donnie" and
"Aunt Laura," it was time to conduct read-throughs
of two newly-written scripts, which were to be
performed at Saturday's events.  The weekend was
so filled with activity, there was no time available
for technical rehearsals for either script!
As many
Lum and Abner fans know, Mena's Lyric
Theatre was the location for a personal appearance
by Lauck and Goff in 1940, upon the screening of
The "substitute" Lum & Abner
continue their never-ending checker
game at Mena's Lyric Theatre.
their first film, Dreaming Out
Loud.  
During last year's
convention, the NLAS was
invited to that very building,
now operated by the Ouachita
Little Theatre, for an educational
tour.  Negotiations for the NLAS
to produce a stage show
resulted in "act one" of the 1998
convention, which was set for
7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 26.
Frank Bresee served as the
master of ceremonies, opening
the program with a humorous
monologue.  "Uncle Donnie's"
1990 Jot 'Em Down Store
backdrop (transported by
member Jim Temple and hung from the lofty
catwalk by the vice-prez and prex) provided a
temporary hiding place for an imitation Lum and
Abner, impersonated by Tim and Donnie, buried
under layers of greasepaint, white hair spray,
spirit gum and crepe hair.  Introduced by Mr.
Bresee, the two performed a recreation of "the
letter routine," a bit of comedy actually
performed by Lauck and Goff in their personal
appearances.  This, in addition to the references
to Mount Ida on the half-hour
Lum and Abner
radio programs, served as inspiration
Dick Huddleston, Lum and Abner "sing
along" with Rev. John Morrison.  Hard
to tell they're all singing the same song.
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